It's been a pretty deep first few days for the 'Being Here Now' blog, so I'm keeping light for the day we Americans celebrate our country's independence. Happy Independence Day to all!
I meditate daily (because meditation is a key tool for helping one stay in the now) but found that I was trouble sitting in the traditional cross-legged meditation postures on the floor. I've seen others use a Zafu (a round, tufted cushion, sometimes filled with buckwheat):
I wasn't sure I wanted one of those, though, so I did a little more searching and found this:
I got it with buckwheat filling in the purple color (a rich, royal purple). There's a nice travel handle and a zipper so I can remove some buckwheat.
I have had it for a little over a week now, and I can say that my meditation practice has improved considerably because of it. Previously, I was finding myself starting to ache, or my legs would fall asleep, or I would start slouching during meditation. Now, I find that I can sit upright for a long period with no tiredness. Because I'm not constantly thinking about readjusting my posture, I am able to focus solely on meditation. I am pretty (meaning: REALLY) short (4"11') so the U-shape helps prop my legs up. With the zafu, I'm too elevated and my knees don't touch the ground.
I love it. If you meditate, or if you sit, it's a good buy.
Incidentally, a few people have asked me about meditation recently. How to do it, how to stop their minds from racing, how to develop a practice. I've been working on a post for that. You'll see it soon. It has a lot of practical advice as well as some real talk on meditating. Here's a hint: every time you sit down to meditate, it does not have to be a transcendental experience.
Stay safe, friends.